If you enjoy community events, outdoor recreation, volunteering and other social activities, Douglas County is an exciting place to live. The largest city, Roseburg, has a charming small town feel, which is revealed in short commute times. From almost any location in the city, you’ll be surrounded by tree-covered hills and have magnificent views of the Umpqua River.
Stewart Park is a popular place to relax or attend a free “Music on the Half Shell” summer concert. The Umpqua Valley Arts Association hosts a summer festival and Graffiti Night brings old cars to town for a cruise and display. For the thrill-seekers, there are auto races at the Douglas County Speedway and jet boat races on the Umpqua River. If you’re a fitness enthusiast, there are 77 county parks begging to be explored or multiple gyms around town, including cross-fit. Other local activities include playing 18 holes of golf, enjoying a game of tennis at the indoor center, floating down the Umpqua River when it’s warm, going on a wineries barrel tour or honing your green thumb skills with the OSU Extension Service Master Gardeners.
No matter what your interests, Douglas County is a community that comes together for fun throughout the year and the relationships you build here are bound to be lasting ones.
Eugene: 70 miles (Airport: EUG)
Medford: 95 miles (Airport: MFR)
Portland: 177 miles (Airport: PDX)
Bend: 195 miles (Airport: RDM – Redmond)
If arts or theater is your thing, a visit to the Hult Center in Eugene, Shakespeare Festival in Ashland or Portland Art Museum may be appealing. There are also concerts such as the Britt Festival, Newport Seafood and Wine Festival and a multitude of other interesting year-round festivals and events. If you’re a sports fan, you can attend the games of Oregon’s college, NBA, Major League Soccer and minor league baseball teams along the Interstate 5 corridor.
Britt Music Festival
Hult Center for the Performing Arts
Major League Soccer
Newport Seafood & Wine Festival
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Portland Art Museum
University of Oregon Athletics
Whether you’re seeking the nearest trailhead or an overnight adventure, Douglas County and the surrounding areas offer incredible scenery and recreational activities. Bikers, boaters, fishermen, hikers, skiers and anyone else with a passion for outdoor fun will find their paradise here.
Regardless of if you want to bike, hike or fish along the Umpqua River, snowshoe through the Cascade Range or surf in the Pacific Ocean, you don’t have to go far. You can take a day trip west to fly a kite at the coast or ride sand dune buggies through the Oregon Dunes. If the salty air doesn’t suit you, travel east to Diamond Lake where you can camp, canoe or go sledding in the snow. A short drive further will bring you the natural wonder known as Crater Lake National Park. If snow skiing is your thing, you can spend a day on the slopes of Mt. Bachelor in Bend.
Oregon also boasts 362 miles of coastline and various mountain ranges, along with breathtaking views of magnificent vistas and waterfalls along many of its winding roads, including the historic highway in the Columbia River Gorge. The mild weather and rugged terrain also lend themselves too many running and biking events across the state.
From big cities to small towns and the peaks to the valleys, adventure awaits in the Pacific Northwest.
Oregon is well known for its bounty of quality wine and beer. Douglas County is no exception with enchanting vineyards and unique breweries throughout the region.
The Umpqua Valley is home to more than 20 wineries, including Abacela, Cooper Ridge Vineyard and Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyard, which features a wine cave and 300-seat amphitheater for summer concerts and events. Most vineyards offer tastings, tours and even memberships to their wine clubs. You can even learn how to make wine at Umpqua Community College’s Southern Oregon Wine Institute, which is the first viticulture and enology program in Oregon outside the Willamette Valley. Additionally, each spring the Umpqua Valley Winegrowers host the “Greatest of the Grape” gala, which is Oregon’s longest running fine wine event.
If popping the cap of a cold one is more your style, there are a handful of craft breweries in Douglas County, including local favorites Backside Brewing and Old 99 Brewing. Whether you’re interested in trying a new vintage yourself, imbibing local hop-filled brews or impressing friends visiting from out of town, there’s lots of fun to tap into in the Umpqua Valley.